Under the new federal guidelines, teachers and other school staff are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine and there are several locations in Florida where they can receive the vaccines.
Under the new federal vaccine eligibility, President Joe Biden is pushing for people who work with children to be vaccinated by the end of March.
An executive order from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis limits the vaccine to teachers age 50 and older working in kindergarten through grade 12, but federal guidelines allow daycare workers, preschool teachers, and educators of elementary, middle and high schools get vaccinated without age limits.
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Below is a list of places that offer the vaccine to those people according to federal guidelines.
According to the CVS website, 24 pharmacies in Florida can provide vaccinations. Central Florida locations include Daytona Beach, Haines City, and Lakeland. Appointments can be made by clicking or tapping here.
The website now lists openings for K-12 teachers and staff, daycare workers, and preschool workers.
“We have aligned with the updated Federal Retail Pharmacy Program guidelines by making appointments available to educators in pre-K through 12 and child care staff and workers in the 17 states where we currently offer COVID-19 vaccines.” a CVS spokesperson said.
Starting March 4, all Florida child care staff, teachers and schools will be eligible to schedule an appointment at Publix pharmacies throughout the state. Appointments are available through the online reservation system at publix.com/covidvaccine every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning, as long as the merchant continues to receive vaccine doses from the state and federal governments.
Walmart also modified its website to include K-12 teachers and staff, daycare workers, and preschool workers without age restrictions.
The company issued the following statement regarding the change:
“We will administer vaccines to eligible individuals as determined by the state and federal governments. As patient eligibility requirements for COVID-19 vaccines expand, we will update our internal processes and online scheduling system to reflect those changes as quickly as possible. “
To see a list of Walmart and Sam’s Club locations and to schedule an appointment, click or tap here.
Winn-Dixie has also expanded its vaccine eligibility requirements to include K-12 educators and child care workers of all ages and medically vulnerable individuals.
Appointments and proof of eligibility are required for anyone who wants to get vaccinated, according to the company. Appointments can be made here.
FEMA Vaccine Site at Valencia College
The federally run vaccination site at 1800 South Kirkman Road in Orlando on Valencia College West Campus is offering vaccinations to the workers listed above, including K-12 teachers, child care staff, and other school employees.
Those who are eligible to receive the vaccine can pre-register by clicking or tapping here, however walk-ins are also accepted.
The site will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and is expected to remain open for at least eight weeks, according to the Orlando Police Department.
Orange County Convention Center
All K-12 educators and child care workers can now get vaccinated at the Orange County Convention Center, according to the county’s website.
The vaccination site at the Orange County Convention Center has the resources to offer up to 3,000 vaccinations per day and vaccinations are by appointment only. Appointments can be made here.
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